Simon Rigaudeau


Artist Manager:  Olivier Lefevre

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Thirty-seven years old, Simon Rigaudeau is already an experienced conductor.


In 2004, he founded an orchestra named Nouvel Ensemble Orchestral Nantais (NEON Professional chamber orchestra) which he still conducts. During his conducting studies, he worked with Michel Plasson, Julia Jones, Marko Letonja and Myung-Whun Chung. Curious artist, he is interested in all periods of music history. In this way, he participated to a masterclass of modern music interpretation with Henri Dutilleux and another on Boulez music with Pierre-André Valade.


In 2006, after an audition, Simon Rigaudeau began a masterclass of conducting in the Strasbourg Academy of Music (France) with Kirill Karabits (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra).


In the same year, he is chosen by the University of Strasbourg Orchestra (France) to be its principal conductor. Then, he was guest by the University of Dresden Orchestra (Germany) to conduct a concert with Kai Vogler, leader of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.​

Simon Rigaudeau was also the youngest guest conductor of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions of La Folle Journée de Nantes (France) with Les Anches Atlantiques.

Between 2006 and 2010, he was the personal assistant of Kirill Karabits (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). 


He made his début at the head of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, greeted by the Strasbourg music criticism, when he conducted in May 2008 the world first of a Marco-Antonio Perez-Ramirez's work : Il y a longtemps.

In April 2010, Simon Rigaudeau was designated as the prize-winner of the masterclass of conducting in Strasbourg Academy of Music. In this occasion, he received the distinction "Very well" with the jury unanimity. Between 2008 and 2010, he was main conductor and artistic director of Poch'Opéra (P'Op Professional chamber orchestra in Strasbourg).


In Strasbourg, he had the great chance to get advices from famous conductors like Marc Albrecht (Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest et De Nederlandse Opera), Hans Graf (Houston Symphony Orchestra), Jesus-Lopez Cobos (Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid) or Marko Letonja (Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra).

In June 2011, after having engaged him as an assistant for the conducting of the Strauss's Alpensinfonie with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the maestro Marc Albrecht repeated this collaboration for the Schönberg's Gürre-Lieder with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg again.


In September 2012, the maestro Marko Letonja engaged him to be his assistant and co-conductor for a concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg for the Musica festival of Strasbourg.


In September 2013, he conducted Carmen by Bizet, The magic flute by Mozart and La Bohème by Puccini in the National Opera of Rousse (Bulgaria). In March 2014, he was assistant of maestro Benjamin Pionnier at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne (France) for Carmen by Bizet. In August 2014, he was assistant of maestro Benjamin Lévy for a concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Orchestre de chamber Pelléas.

In April and May 2015, he made his début at the head of the Orchestre Régional de Cannes-PACA for two series of concerts. In June 2016, he made his début at the Théâtre Municipal de Colmar to conduct Carmen by Bizet with his Orchestre Symphonique de Colmar.


He was the artistic and musical director of the Colmar Symphony Orchestra (France) from September 2014 to August 2019.

Since November 2017, he is the chief conductor of the Collegium Musicum Mulhouse.


Since July 2016, he is the artistic director and conductor of the Labopéra d’Alsace which he performed greeted La Traviata by Verdi and Die Zauberflöte by Mozart for audiences over 4000 and 5000 with. 

In November 2011, he has been selected for the semi-final of Patanè International Conducting Competition in Alessandria (Italie). In September 2013, he was selected for the Blue Danube opera conducting competition (Bulgaria). In december 2013, he was selected the Cadaquès Orchestra International Conducting Competition (Spain). In July 2014, he participated in the audition of the recruitment of the next associate conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (United-Kingdom) after a selection. Then, after another selection, he was one of the nine conductors invited to participate in the Mahler Philharmonic Society Conducting Masterclass (Prof. Wolfgang Scheidt) in Vienna (Austria). In 2015, he still was on the short list to participate in Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) after video selection. In January 2015, he was invited to participate in the masterclass of conducting with the professor Wolfgang Doerner and the Orchestre Régional de Cannes-PACA (France). In January 2016, he was invited to participate in the masterclass of conducting with the professor Pierre-André Valade and the Meitar ensemble (contemporary music) in Tel Aviv (Israel). In June 2016, he has been invited for the second time to conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (United-Kingdom).